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Careers in Nanotechnology

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“We are at the very beginning in terms of understanding the potential for nanotechnology. The question is not whether we will be impacted by nanotechnology in the future, but rather how much we will be impacted.  Understanding the concepts and tools of nanotechnology is crucial to a successful career in engineering or the sciences at either the technologist or engineer level.”

— Dr. Kory J. Goldammer, Nanotechnology program coordinator and faculty, Richland College

Nanotechnology Careers

Nanotechnology encompasses a broad range of emerging technologies with multidisciplinary applications.

Careers in the many related fields of nanotechnology are as diverse as the technology itself and depend significantly on the individual’s level of education and professional experience.

America’s Career InfoNet gives detailed information about jobs in fields using nanotechnology. Please note that in most cases, an associate degree in nanotechnology is a starting point for career fields that require various levels of education and experience. Estimated earnings in Texas are:

Job Median Hourly Rate Median Annual Salary Projected Job Growth Through 2022
Agricultural and food science technicians $15.24 $31,700 +11%
Biological technicians $18.21 $37,900 +18%
Electrical and electronics engineering technicians $29.11 $60,500 +18%
Engineering technicians $28.00 $58,200 +20%
Environmental science and protection technicians $19.01 $39,500 +23%
Industrial machinery mechanics $22.40 $46,600 +42%
Medical and clinical lab technicians $16.70 $34,700 +37%

 

There is substantial job growth in career fields with nanotechnology applications which require a bachelor’s degree or higher, including: 

Job Median Hourly Rate Median Annual Salary Projected Job Growth Through 2022
Biomedical engineers $46.93 $97,600 +37%
Electronics engineers $44.01 $91,500 +22%
Environmental engineers $44.61 $92,800 +24%
Industrial engineers $44.12 $91,800 +22%
Mechanical engineers $43.23 $89,900 +20%
Food scientists and technologists $30.18 $62,800 +43%